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What Exactly is a Ranch-Style Home?

Here at Renewal Design-Build, many of the projects we manage are ranch renovations. These homes are prevalent throughout the Atlanta area, but what makes a home “ranch”?

The ranch-style home is a style that is completely American. It’s known as ranch due to the casual style that was adopted from real Western ranches. This type of home first became popular in the 1930’s and remained popular for the next several decades. This style has recently become popular again, as evidenced by the number of custom built ranch-style homes popping up around the Atlanta area. There are lots of older ones here too, and they exhibit a lot of character.

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The ranch-style home is known for several stand-out features.

  • Almost all ranch style homes are single level homes and tend to be built in a practical, simple manner. They’re usually built in a “U” or “L” shape.
  • Most, if not all, ranch-style homes contain glass sliding doors that help connect the inside of the home to the outside. Historically, this is a direct connection to actual ranches, which were much more open to the land outside the home.
  • A big difference between ranch-style homes and other common American homes is that instead of focusing on the porch and front yard area, ranch-style homes focus on the backyard and patio areas.
  • Since ranch-style homes tended to be built outside of the city and in the suburbs, most of them had a garage built in. This was done because anyone living in the suburbs typically worked in the city, and it was assumed that they owned at least one car.



Is your Atlanta ranch-style home in need of a makeover? Contact Renewal Design-Build to speak with us about how we can modernize your humble abode.

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Ways to Give Your Ranch Curb Appeal

Many ranch style homes have plain exteriors. We like to call them blank canvasses, ready for renovation! If you’re ready to make your mark on your classic Atlanta ranch and spruce up its curb appeal, consider:
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-A small front porch or stoop – a structure at the front door is always a welcoming feature

-For additional outdoor living space, consider a full-size porch

-A gable can break up your ranches’ classic horizontal lines

-Replacing the front door is an inexpensive way to add curb appeal to any home

-Remove old shutters for a more modern feel

-Add trim, or paint the existing trim


If you’re ready to give your Atlanta ranch curb appeal, call Renewal Design-Build @ 404-378-6962 for a free consultation.


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Spotlight on the Midcentury Ranch

If you live in or around Atlanta, you’ve probably noticed the overwhelming number of mid-century ranches throughout our city. In fact, more than 20 million people in the U.S. own a mid-century home! It’s not surprising, considering that in the 1950s, 1.1 million new homes were built every year – the ranch being the most popular style.

Recently, the ranch has exploded back into popularity thanks to the “retro” revival. Regardless of popularity, ranches are among our favorite houses to renovate.

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Why We Love Renovating Ranches

1. Good Bones

Ranches typically have “good bones” – meaning the structural components are intact and sound. Foundations are solid and often include thick cement block walls. The framing lumber is substantial and in excellent shape, barring any rot or termite damage. The framing, plumbing, and electrical are also close to today’s standards and may require less updating – which means more of your budget could go towards other things on your wish list!

2. Adaptable Floorplans

The typical ranch home includes many rooms – all close in proximity. By creatively using all of this available square footage, we can often remove walls and make interior adjustments to support today’s open floorplan preferences. Working within the home’s existing footprint also stretches your budget further.

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Four Steps to a Successful Kitchen Remodel

Remodeling your kitchen can be overwhelming, and often, it’s hard to know where to begin. These four steps can put you on the right path to a successful remodel and a beautiful kitchen.

#1: Plan Your Finances

First, start thinking about how you would fund renovations. Do you have the cash to fund your kitchen remodel? Or, will you have to finance your project? Multiple financing options are available to eligible homeowners, including: cash-out refinancing, construction loans, home equity loans and lines of credit, and even contractor financing. Call your bank to see if you qualify for any of these options.

#2: Assess Your Wants and Needs

Try to differentiate your wants from your needs. Consider keeping a journal to chronicle how you use your kitchen. Who typically cooks? Where do you do most of your prep work? How is the flow of traffic? Are you making up for a lack of storage? Do you desperately need more space, or does your kitchen just need to be reconfigured? Create a “wants” and “needs” list, and rank each item by importance. Identifying these early on will help you stay on budget and not get carried away. Read more